How to take your business to the next level

Ready to go to the next level?

I sure hope you are.

Are you ready to take the plunge into wedding photography or portrait photography and finally live your passion?

Let me tell you something, I've talked to so many photographers, who work 9-5 jobs and then do this part time, thinking they can't be as successful as I have. They can't talk to brides like I do, they can't shoot like I can, they can't edit like me, they don't have good enough equipment. STOP with the excuses.

For those of you who have children, I'm telling you right now that if  Bex said this, I would send him on a straight ticket to you better shut your mouth, because I'm here to tell you that you, my friend can do this. Sure, you might have some improvement to make, DON'T WE ALL? I sucked butt, when I started. But I learned, I never gave up. I'm still learning.

I don't know everything. Man, I really wish I did. You better believe, if I knew everything, I would be writing you this from my beach front property in Miami, alas I'm in my dungeon of an office in Danville, IN. Case and point. But you know what, I'm half way there.

I'm half way to where I want to be.

I was in school for real estate, could you imagine me selling houses or could you imagine me shooting some fanfreakintastic bride and grooms all over the world. But you know what, there were times where I was scared.

There are STILL times I'm scared.

Being in business for yourself is one mofo scary thing. There are times where I tell myself, "WHY COULDN'T I JUST BE A BANK TELLAR". Sometimes, I just don't want the responsibility. But then I remember that responsibility is what drives me to keep going, to keep suceeding. To keep setting goals and making my dreams happen.

There were people who said I couldn't do, a lot of people, close people to me that I never thought wouldn't be supportive, but turned out to be just that. I felt alone sometimes, I felt like an idiot, thinking I live in delusion land, maybe I can't do this. Maybe, I can't make a living, maybe I can't get better clients, maybe I can't get those "types" of weddings, maybe I am an awful photographer. I still have days where I think those things.

That's the life of an artist for you. We are our toughest critic.

I want you to know that you can do this. If you want to shoot newborns all day long, everyday, then by God you better do it. You know what you were born to do that. I myself, was not born to shoot newborns all day long. I would probably shoot myself in the face if I did that, babies and brooke just don't mix all that well.

I tried out all sorts of photography when I was getting into this. Weddings always seemed to have a special place with me, I don't know if it's the whole challenge of booking and then kicking major a** in the high pressure shooting situation, but it is one adrenaline rush that I will never get sick of.

On the flip side, there are certain types of photography just like newborns, that it's just not my cup of tea. I can do them, I can take great photos, but it's not my passion. You have to find your passion, what makes you tick. If you could spend 10+ hours a day doing something and not feeling like it's work, what would that be?

I'll tell you right now, I'm a workaholic, I sleep, eat, breathe photography, business and all things in between but... I don't consider it work. I could do it all day, everyday non stop and rarely get sick of it. Don't believe me? Ask Pedro.

But you know what when you're finally living your passion, and your passion becomes your work, than you will no longer be working.

I think that's one of the most liberating things to think about.

I wrote 3 business guides for those wanting to get into photography full time. I'm releasing those tonight and decided to post some samples of each. I believe these will take you to the next level, they will challenge you, they will make you think of things you may have never thought of before. But most importantly I hope they encourage you to continue in your passion.

Sample: How To Get Started in Wedding Photography

Sample: How to Book a Bride in an Online World 

This book sample (book a bride in an online world) is short, but I guarantee you that this one book is filled with some of the most important advice that I've learned over the years. This one page sample, has the best advice that I have ever heard, and that has changed my business from the day I heard it.

Sample: How to Book a Bride in Person 

To learn more about what these books are about visit our store.

Thanks for letting me share with you and best wishes in your photog journey, now stop reading this & go shoot some people. ;)


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